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The Religious Divide Over Same-Sex Marriage
July 02, 2015
Summary: Two views on the decision to legalize same sex marriage nationwide. An Orthodox Rabbi explains why he believes homosexuality is a "serious sin."  And the stories of four gay Orthodox Jews, struggling to stay devoted to a faith that doesn't seem to want them.

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Religion and Gay Marriage: A Culture War Ignited? July 02, 2015
The vast majority of American religious groups now support gay marriage, with a notable exception: Evangelical Christians, Orthodox Jews, Mormons, and other religious conservatives. More than 70 percent of white Evangelicals oppose it. Many worry that legal unions between two men and two women will upend centuries of marital tradition, and say there could be unintended consequences for religious liberty. A progressive rabbi and conservative Christian weigh in.  

Pictured: In the hours after the same-sex marriage ruling, supporters of gay marriage clashed with religious protestors in front of the Supreme Court.

Tom Gjelten, religion reporter for NPR
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor for The Federalist
Rabbi Jay Michaelson, author of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality

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An Orthodox Rabbi on Homosexuality: "It's a Serious Sin" July 02, 2015
For more and more religious traditions, centuries of strict interpretations about homosexuality are changing. But one tradition that isn’t budging is Orthodox Judaism. In 2012, Maureen talked to a renowned Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Meir Fund, who says the Torah's passages about gay and lesbian behavior are unambiguous: "It's a sin. It's a serious sin."

Rabbi Meir Fund, leader of the Orthodox Congregation Sheves Achim in Brooklyn, New York
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Conflicting Identities: Gay and Orthodox July 02, 2015
In Orthodox Judaism, to be both actively gay and strictly observant or frum (pronounced "froom"), is a theological taboo. In 2012, producer Jon Kalish asked four gay and lesbian Orthodox men and women to share their stories. Deeply commited to their faith, they paint a picture of anger, confusion and shame, and many find themselves forced to live secret double lives. 

Produced by Jon Kalish with help from Deb George